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The Flaming Lips embody the quintessential Eugenean spirit

Ivar Vong If Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne wasn’t a rock star, it’d be easy to see him as a preacher. Mind you, he wouldn’t be filling pulpits in Oklahoma City (where the band hails from), but more likely he’d have kept the legacies of Ken Kesey, Timothy Leary, …

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Atmosphere’s new release offers insightful lyrics

Minneapolis, Minn., is well known for its kitschy Midwest culture and snowy winters, but its music scene is often overlooked. Rock ‘n’ roll and folk genres have been strong in Minneapolis for decades, but in the mid-1990s, underground hip-hop began to flourish in the twin cities. One driving force for …

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Atmosphere's new release offers insightful lyrics

Minneapolis, Minn., is well known for its kitschy Midwest culture and snowy winters, but its music scene is often overlooked. Rock ‘n’ roll and folk genres have been strong in Minneapolis for decades, but in the mid-1990s, underground hip-hop began to flourish in the twin cities. One driving force for …

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EOTO: Electronic dance music brought to Eugene

Bradley Johnson In the world of electronic music, what’s popular now will most likely not be around in a year — or even three months. As a way of adapting to such a reality, electronic musicians have taken a new approach to the way they record and play music live. …

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Movie review: ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’

Corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) lived by his infamous mantra, “Greed is good,” until he got busted for insider trading and served eight years in prison. Older, wiser and fresh out of the slammer, Gekko now asks the big question, “Is greed good?”

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Top 10 albums for back to school

We have some amazing music for you! Who are ‘we’? Well, glad you asked! We are your campus radio station, KWVA.

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Movie review: 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps'

Corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) lived by his infamous mantra, “Greed is good,” until he got busted for insider trading and served eight years in prison. Older, wiser and fresh out of the slammer, Gekko now asks the big question, “Is greed good?”

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Matisyahu returns to his Oregon roots on ‘Light’ tour

Courtesy of Beau Grealy At 18 years old, Matthew Miller seemed like a typical teenager caught up in a rebellious lifestyle on the surface. When Miller arrived in Bend in the fall of 1998, he had spent the fall hitchhiking around the country, somewhat lost in the lure of youthful …

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High on the hill for reggae

Courtesy of Marv Ellis Research has found that the specific social choices much of the world is making, primarily led by the U.S., is leading to an unhealthy planet. Overconsumption has lead to environmental degradation. Mistreatment of the environment appears to have given way to climate change. Things are serious. …

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Brewery’s activism to benefit prospective skate park

New Belgium Brewing Company is known for its activism and has garnered widespread acclaim for its mainline beers. In an effort to promote its more obscure and specialty line of beers, Lips of Faith, New Belgium is launching a summer film tour with three things in mind: craft beer, sustainability …

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Still kicking after 25 years of musical growth, change

Don’t call it a jam band. That’s a way to start controversy, if you’re into that, but the guys from Widespread Panic are more down to just go with the flow. They’ve been on the road since their early beginnings as college students in Athens, Ga., at the University of …

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Audacious alpacas

Ivar Vong When an animal has the audacity to gaze at you straight in the face while it stands split-legged and unashamedly takes a crap, you know you’re dealing with a special one. Alpacas are curious creatures. Their habits are individualized and pretty unpredictable. Last weekend’s Alpaca Festival of Oregon …

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Ash Reiter’s summer show rare in Eugene

Eugene is a great summer music haven for fans of classical music. For a few weeks, fans of the Bach Festival are engrossed in wonder as violins, oboes and the rest of the classical instrument range play in a blissful harmony. For everyone outside this demographic, Eugene’s music scene during …

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Forty years later, listeners keep coming back for Bach

Rena Lev-Bass The Oregon Bach Festival is known for its world-class talent, famed conductors and its fusion of contemporary and classical concerts. This year marks the festival’s 40th anniversary, and with it comes a plethora of performances, interactive lectures, and of course, a celebration of the work of Johann Sebastian …

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The Long Winters seasons music with stories

Courtesy of Barsuk Records Known for music that’s hard to label but easy to enjoy — think Rogue Wave tossed in a blender with The Hold Steady and topped with a spoonful of Okkervil River — The Long Winters is one of Seattle’s most celebrated indie rock bands, and is …

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Sasquatch!-bound

Ivar Vong Memorial Day weekend is one where college students go have fun, see shows and enjoy life. And campus radio station KWVA 88.1 believes in doing the same. KWVA will be present at Sasquatch! Music Festival this weekend. Sasquatch! is one of the largest music festivals in the Northwest …

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Movie ‘MacGruber’ is an immature, tasteless comedy

There are comedies that bring together different age groups and preferences, uniquely blending together jokes that almost everyone finds funny. These films seek a common ground that breaks down generational walls and unite everyone in ubiquitous laughter. “MacGruber” has absolutely none of these qualities.  That’s not to say the movie …

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Acts bring spunk, sass to make statement about sexuality

Courtesy of Billie Joe Cavallaro Get ready: Eugene’s about to get OUT and LOUD. The OUT/LOUD Queer Music Festival is back for its ninth year of energetic performances at WOW Hall Friday night at 8 p.m. to entertain and bring together the LGBTQ community. Organized by the University Women’s Center, …

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Childhood dreamworld gets sur(real) stage adaptation

Ten year-old Annelie, fierce, straightforward and unusually imaginative, has been sent to live with her grandmother for an indefinite period of time. When she realizes her family is breaking apart, her dreams take her to the depths of the night, a colorful and often scary place where she tries to …

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Local band dishes on rockstar existence

Nick Cote They’ve slept on the beach, in the backyards of strangers, in the parking lots of Wal-Marts and in the parks of Northern California. No, they’re not bums; they’re the members of Volifonix, one of Eugene’s best funkadelic rock bands, and they’re up for adventure. The stories of people …

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Drunken debauchery comes alive at Mastodon concert

Nick Cote Mastodon is an experience. These four guys have brought metal back from being a bunch of bros in wife-beaters and baggy shorts to picking up where original bands like Megadeth and Metallica left off. The complexity of their riffs and melodies, which their latest release “Crack the Skye” …

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Dance companies give cabaret a hip-hop twist

Nick Cote Eugene’s top hip-hop dance companies are bringing the Bronx to Broadway. More than 130 dancers from six companies will take the stage to revamp cabaret theater at the Hult Center with outlandish costumes, props and, most importantly, dance. Led by Vanessa Martin, the founder, director and choreographer of …

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Remake can’t outdo 1984 classic

“A Nightmare on Elm Street,” like the 1984 original and pretty much every other slasher film, is supposed to make you afraid of going to sleep. I happen to be especially uncomfortable with slasher films, but I had no problem sleeping after finishing Samuel Bayer’s 2010 remake. Not that the …

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Listen to King, perfect for spring

“Junior,” Kaki King’s fifth studio recording, is the perfect spring CD. It’s all raw energy and unrestrained guitar melodies. The tracks are melancholy and sunny by turns, just like the Eugene spring weather. King, who got her start playing in subways, has never been overly polished, but her vocals have …

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Fang Island high-fives its way from obscurity to notoriety

Courtesy of Sargent House Every band dreams of the day it gets the call for members to quit their day jobs, tour the world and parade around living the “rock-star dream.” So, if you’re not some boy band in the Mickey Mouse Club, the best route to fame and glory …

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Asian-American cinema jewels present alternative views

The DisOrient Asian American Film Festival was founded on W.E.B. DuBois’ standard, “for us, by us, or about us.” Its films this year premiere at the Bijou Arts Cinema from April 23 to 25 and range from light-hearted comedies, such as “Why Am I Doing This?,” presented by the University’s …

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Enigmatic folk-jazz icon brings eclectic performance

From Lady Gaga’s outlandish bubble costume to Justice’s massive wall of amplifiers, the exaggerated antics of musicians and their concerts can be just as enjoyable and thrilling as the music itself. But sometimes there’s nothing better than a man and his guitar. Folk-jazz icon Leon Redbone is coming to the …

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Taking cinema to the outdoor extreme

Courtesy of Banff Centre The Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Eugene for two nights on April 22 and 23 at 7 p.m. to showcase some extreme mountain documentaries and films . The festival aims to highlight topics surrounding what the Banff Centre terms “mountain culture,” such as environmental awareness …

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Harmony of singing brings this couple together

Courtesy of Dan Payson-Lewsi Singing Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat’s hit “Lucky,” Evynne and Peter Hollens have chosen a fitting song to open their show, with lyrics that tell the Hollens’ story of finding love through music and returning to Eugene after traveling the high seas for months together. As …

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‘Black Sands’ bests Bonobo’s previous beats

In his fourth studio album, London “trip hop” artist Bonobo finally produces jazz-inspired tunes for people who don’t spend their nights slamming poetry in dark cafes. The upbeat drum solos blended with strains from an electric guitar are amazingly unpretentious and easy to listen to.Released March 23, “Black Sands” channels …

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